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List of Dalit students committing suicide in last four years in India’s premier institutions

April 25, 2011

Here is the list of the Dalit students who have committed suicide in last four years. This is by no means an exhaustive list but covers only those cases which we were able to document and where parents and relatives have raised their voices and had accused the institutions of caste discrimination against their children that led to their suicides.

We are sure that the actual numbers of Dalit students committing suicide in country’s premier institutions in last four years will be much higher.

• M. Shrikant, final year, B.Tech, IIT Bombay, 1st Jan 07

• Ajay S. Chandra, integrated PhD, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore – 26 Aug, 07

• Jaspreet Singh, final year MBBS, Government Medical College, Chandigarh, 27 Jan 08.

• Senthil Kumar, PHD, School of Physics, University of Hyderabad – 23 Feb 08

 Prashant Kureel, first year, B.Tech, IIT Kanpur, 19 April, 08

• G. Suman, final year, M.Tech, IIT Kanpur, 2nd Jan, 09

• Ankita Veghda, first year, BSc Nursing, Singhi Institute of Nursing, Ahmedabad, 20 April, 09

• D Syam Kumar, first year B.Tech, Sarojini Institute of Engineering and Technology, Vijayawada, 13 Aug, 09

• S. Amravathi, national level young woman boxer, Centre of Excellence, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, 4th Nov, 09

• Bandi Anusha, B.Com final year, Villa Mary College, Hyderabad, 5th Nov, 09

• Pushpanjali Poorty, first year, MBA, Visvesvaraiah Technological University, Bangalore, 30th Jan, 10

• Sushil Kumar Chaudhary, final year MBBS, Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (formerly KGMC), Lucknow, 31 Jan, 10.

• Balmukund Bharti, final year MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, 3rd March, 10

• JK Ramesh, second year, BSc, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 1st July, 10

• Madhuri Sale, final year B.Tech, IIT Kanpur, 17th November, 10

• G. Varalakshmi, B.Tech first year, Vignan Engineering College, Hyderabad, 30 Jan, 2011

• Manish Kumar, IIIrd Year B.Tech, IIT Roorkee, 13 Feb, 11

• Linesh Mohan Gawle, PhD, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, 16 April, 11

16 Comments leave one →
  1. रविकान्त permalink
    April 28, 2011 12:24 pm

    Shame…there is something definitely wrong in the system. One has of course heard of lots of non-dalits committing suicides in a number of elite and non-elite institutions, but these premier institutions need to be extra careful as very few dalits make it to these places anyway.


  2. Prasenjit Biswas permalink
    April 29, 2011 11:41 am

    The list seemingly is going to grow longer. In many different ways, ther is a systematic repression and seggregation of Dalit students. I know of what IIT faculty members talk about anyone who is apprently a candidate through reservation. The central governemnt wily nily gives tacit support for such Narmedh in the IITs, especailly from among the dalits and Muslims.

  3. Munni Chaudhary permalink
    May 6, 2011 2:52 pm

    This is really barbaric work, and this means its hateful incident. It should be unite all dalit and st communities and to make presser of central and state governments. I’m personally with you and our community.
    Munni Chaudhary

    • atal permalink
      August 22, 2011 2:48 pm

      its the only solution…

  4. July 9, 2011 3:18 pm

    Any act or omission committed out of hatred feelings on caste or community lines amount to Untouchability Offence under Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955.

    Where rules regarding reservation policy for SCs/STs/OBCs are flouted, it attracts penal provisions u/s 7(2)(i) of Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, and under Article 17 of the Constitution. Supreme Court has held that Article 16(4), 16(4A), 16(4B), etc have nexus with Article 17 of the Constitution, as held by 5 Judges bench in M. Nagaraj v. Union of India – AIR 2007 SC 71, @ page 105, para 117.

    Implementation of these provisions is in the hand of mass efforts of the SCs/STs/OBCs as otherwise one may face hindrances by other community members.

    • atal permalink
      August 22, 2011 2:51 pm

      this is JUNGLE RAJ…. and is still continuing…

      No Cost for LIFE of Dalits…
      Need of new Baba Sahab again, the system facing….

  5. Mani permalink
    February 16, 2012 5:59 am

    Dalits need move out of india or have different a state, so called upper caste can never be our friends.They are same old people ,the same old mindset.Upper cast people and media are deceptive.Its easy to see there is nothing for dalits in country , thier women are unsafe.Thier children are ill treated.Police is additional burden on us. Upper promote corruption , violence and dishonesty .They do 90% harm to country while doing little progress and boast a lot .I think India is backward because of thier backwardmindset !

  6. March 9, 2012 4:10 am

    Hi dear
    i m kk bharti. Brother of lt. dr.balmukund bharti

    my elder brother was died due to cope of extreem casteliest discrimimation.humiliation and perhaps in last time he was failed constantly by the prof.krishna anand
    in the community medicine sub just by only one mark
    it is so much heart breaking for my brother
    and this seems that prof. Must had a big hand in his death
    my brother before death told me that the concerned prof. Challanged me that he would not pass him and he made pressure on my brother that dont do any complain to adm.
    I you did that then surely you cant passout from this college
    i will ruin your life
    so due to these all happened with my brother they commited suicide he had no any open gate to live in this kindless world

    kind request: i belongs to rural secton ,and not much intel4ent like my elder brother
    if any person or organisation .commetie wanted to help us
    like tell us or give suggetions like about laws ,acts and all type of suggetions,and help us to searchout clues and other evidencences
    to win the case we filed on administration and on the professor
    to providd justice to my brother and other students of aiims

  7. dr dipak naskar permalink
    March 26, 2012 6:40 am

    if any SC/ST/OBC student from west Bengal need help . , welcome . Dr Dipak Naskar . dept of neonatology. Peerless Hospital.

  8. dr dipak naskar permalink
    March 26, 2012 7:18 am

    New Delhi, September 25
    “Why should we torture them now when we didn’t torture them 15 years ago?” KS Venkatesh, professor of electrical engineering at IIT Kanpur, quips when asked what was driving students to suicides in the premiere institutes of India.

  9. Anupma permalink
    October 16, 2012 8:26 am

    This is really very tragic that in the era where we are talking about globalization and one world concept, still the difference exist in our society on caste based. We all have to raise our voice against this crime.

  10. December 28, 2012 9:23 pm

    We lack unity in our community. We lack a systematic culture of our own, that’s why we go on craving for the Hindu festivals and rituals, which doesn’t give us any respect at all. We need to remember the golden words of the great Baba Saheb, “Shikshit bano, sangathit raho, sangharsh karo”. Education and unity alone can give us the respect and security that we are lacking. Why don’t we create a separate group of our own in each area of India, primarily meant to unite us, safeguard our interests, and propagate our culture, and not to segregate us? We really need to ponder hard over our situation..


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